Thursday, September 24, 2020

Trump trashes our democracy, goes full authoritarian against ballots

The Associated Press reports: Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses November election

President Donald Trump has again refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Trump told reporters he would “have to see what happens" when asked about the matter.

"We’re going to have to see what happens,” Trump said Wednesday at a news conference, responding to a question about whether he’d commit to a peaceful transfer of power. “You know that I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots, and the ballots are a disaster.”

"You’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer frankly,” Trump said. “There’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control, you know it, and you know, who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.”

Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, responded by asking, “What country are we in?”

It is highly unusual that a sitting U.S. president would express less than complete confidence in the American democracy’s electoral process. But Trump also declined four years ago to commit to honoring the election results if rival Hillary Clinton won, Aamer Madhani and Kevin Freking report.

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